About this report

The European Union Blockchain Observatory & Forum has set as one of its objectives the analysis of and reporting on a wide range of important blockchain themes, driven by the priorities of the European Commission and based on input from its Working Groups and other stakeholders. As part of this it will publish a series of thematic reports on selected blockchain-related topics.

The objective of these thematic reports is to provide a concise, easily readable overview and exploration of each theme suitable for the general public.

The input of a number of different stakeholders and sources is considered for each report. For this paper, these include:

  • Members of the Observatory & Forum’s Working Groups as well as the Obeservatory’s Legal Sub-Working Group (please see next page).
  • “Legal Recognition of Blockchain Registries and Smart Contracts“, by Dr Robert Herian of the Open University Law School, an affiliate of the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University, which is an academic partner of the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum.
  • Input from participants at the “Legal Recognition of Blockchains & Smart Contracts“ workshop held in Paris on 12 December 2018.
  • Input from the Secretariat of the EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum (which includes members of the DG CONNECT of the European Commission and members of ConsenSys).

An initiative of the a thematic report prepared by THE EUROPEAN UNION BLOCKCHAIN OBSERVATORY AND FORUM

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